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Spectrum Workshops


  • The Launchpad 76 South 4th Street Carbondale, CO, 81623 United States (map)

Dance Initiative’s Annual Spectrum Dance Festival celebrates the art of dance in all forms. Join them for an outstanding series of adult and youth master classes at The Launchpad. 

Saturday, 9:30-11am | Embodied West African Dance with Mecca Madyun & live music by Ngoma/Carbondale Rhythm Collective: This all-levels class takes you on a somatic movement and rhythm journey through various countries of West Africa – Mali, Senegal, Guinea, and the Ivory Coast. Explore connections between the internal and external self and the greater community as an extension of self, utilizing African philosophical principals of interdependence and shared experience through dance, music, culture and body knowledge. (all levels & ages welcome!)

Saturday,  11:15-12:45 | Adult Modern Technique with Staycee Pearl: Join artistic director and choreographer of the STAYCEE PEARL dance project for a Modern Technique workshop highlighting her own movement style. Modern Technique evokes ultimate body awareness by discovering efficient anatomical connections within the body along with appropriate use of traditional technical forms. These connections enable the dancer to take bold risks and expand through space. Emphasis is placed on creating space and mobility in the joints with the outcome of effortless length and strength in the body.  Participants will also be introduced to SPdp repertory phrase work.  (Intermediate, teen & adult)

Saturday, 12:15-1:15pm | FREE Youth House/Hip Hop with SPdp Company Members Rayne Jones & Ronnell Kitt:  Students learn and share the newest hip-hop moves and some old school break dance and house styles. After a thorough warm up, PAS instructors take young dancers through basic skill-building combinations, consecutively building  into full dance phrases. (Beginner Level, ages 6+)

Saturday, 1:15-2:45pm | Modern Floor Technique with Patrick Mueller: This Modern/Contemporary technique class focuses on exclusively on floor and near-floor work, from gently internal to fiercely dynamic. Building skills from spreading and release through inversions and quadrupedal movement, we roll, slide, propel, and fly through the space. With movement drawn from break, capoeira, and contemporary modern dance forms, the class builds crucial fundamental skills for all types of floor choreography. (Intermediate/Advanced, teen & adult)

Saturday, 3-4pm | Youth Beginner Aerial Workshop with Meesh McGone: In this workshop youth will learn a variety of beginner skills.  We will move creatively while building a strong foundation for more. (Beginner, ages 5+)

Saturday, 3-4pm | Adult House/Hip Hop with SPdp Company Members Chandra Tanei & LaTrea Rembert: Join SPdp Company members is this fun and lively workshop focused on House style hip hop. House dance is a social dance primarily danced to house music that has roots in the clubs of Chicago and of New York. The main elements of House dance include "Footwork", "Jacking", and "Lofting". This type of dance is featured in SPdp’s performance of FLOWERZ taking place during their Studio Performance on Saturday at 7:30pm. (All Levels)

Sunday, 10-11:30am | Adult Intermediate Aerials with Meesh McGlone: In this workshop we will play with movement in the air. Integrating spinning, swinging, and flying with your current skill set as well as learning new tricks and combos.

Sunday, 11:45am-12:45pm | Youth Intermediate Aerials with Meesh McGlone: In this workshop youth will learn intermediate tricks and sequences as well as polish personal technique and style.*prerequisites-climbing, inverting, footlocks, and double footlocks*


Single Workshop Registration:

If you just want to try one or two workshops at the SDF, click the button below to select the workshop of your choice! $15/Adult Wkshps & $10/Youth Wkshps

Spectrum Workshop Pass

This pass is for dancers who want to take as many workshops as possible! Select 3 workshops and get more dance for your dollar! $35

Full Spectrum Pass

Want to do it all? This pass gets you admission to the SDF's Kick Off Party & Screening of Mr. Gaga, 3 workshops of your choice, and admission to the Studio Performance of the STAYCEE Pearl dance project! $45